By his own account, Mike McKay has lived a charmed life. This year, he and his wife, Nancy, celebrate their 42nd wedding anniversary. Their daughter, Erin, graduated from the University of Wisconsin where she studied zoology and now cares for the animals she loves – great apes – at the Fort Worth Zoo.
Mike has been fortunate to spend his adult life doing what he always wanted to do – entertaining listeners on the radio.
He was born and grew up in Brooklyn, N. Y. After graduating from college with a B. A. in English Literature from Saint Anselm College he began working, somewhat inexplicably, in the financial sector in lower Manhattan. But it wasn’t long before he began pursuing a dream born years before while listening to the Beatles on New York’s WABC radio. Soon he was offered a position in sales at an AM station in tiny Lehighton, PA. Within a month he was doing the morning show. Five years later, he landed an on air gig at the most listened to station in the nation which just happened to be that very station he tuned in while in high school – WABC 770 which was heard in more than 30 states.
By the early eighties however, music on radio was making it’s inexorable transition to FM. Although that meant leaving the station he grew up with, it brought other remarkable opportunities. Mike went on to a pioneering position in satellite radio hosting Nighttime America on the RKO Radio Network which was heard on hundreds of radio stations in all fifty states. Later he was able to live and work in other parts of the country, including Salt Lake City, Indianapolis, and Detroit. In ’97, the family moved to the great southwest which led to the ultimate opportunity when an entrepreneurial listener, Ned Bennett, approached Mike with a plan to form a new radio company. And Bravo Mic Communications was born.
Today, and every day, Mike looks forward to getting up early and joining his on air partner and great friend for the last 14 years, KC Counts, for “Your Morning Show with Mike and KC” which has been the most popular radio show in southern New Mexico for several years running. Email email@example.com
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Friday, June 6th, 2014 by Mike McKay
June 9, 2014: The 101 Number One Song of the Day was recorded by a multitalented woman who would eventually earn several show business nicknames including one she hated, “The First Lady of Lust.”
The 101 Number One Song of the Day was recorded by a multitalented woman who would eventually earn several show business nicknames including one she hated, “The First Lady of Lust.” That name came early in her career which actually began in Europe where she recorded several singles which were considered pretty erotic. Another name she disliked was Disco’s Aphrodite. She began to hate the image so much she developed ulcers and wound up in the hospital for a time and eventually she went back to Europe to chill out but eventually returned to the states to resume her career which continued to grow in the late seventies and early eighties. She was also known as the Queen of Disco and on June 9, 1979 she was at number one for the second time with a song her boss at the record label wanted Cher to record but Donna Summer wanted it for herself and so it is today’s 101 Number One Song of the Day – “Hot Stuff”
Thursday, June 5th, 2014 by Mike McKay
June 5, 2014 – The 101 number one song of the day was written and sung by a self confessed introvert whose songs were almost always based on personal experience. Although he was too modest to admit it, he had tremendous influence on many of rock’s biggest stars.
The 101 number one song of the day was written and sung by a self confessed introvert whose songs were almost always based on personal experience. Although he was too modest to admit it, he had tremendous influence on many of rock’s biggest stars. He was born in Vernon, Texas and grew up in Wink. His father gave him a guitar when he was six years old. By the time he was eight, he was playing on a Sunday morning country show on KVWC in Kermit. He almost gave away his first national hit to Elvis and the Everly Brothers. He arrived at Graceland at 6 in the morning and nobody was out of bed yet. Elvis sent down word that they could meet later in the day in Nashville. There he ran into Phil Everly and played him the song he’d written with his writing partner Joe Melson. Phil played him one of his own songs not realizing that today’s featured artist was playing him a song for the Everly Brothers to record. He was too shy to bring it up and Elvis hadn’t showed so he decided to record it himself. Shortly thereafter, he wrote today’s number one song in slightly more time than it took to record it. It arrived at number one June 5, 1961 – for Roy Orbison – “Running Scared”
Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 by Mike McKay
In the first six months of 1964 only one American group had a number one song in the U.S. (as to which group that was – the answer might surprise you.
In the first six months of 1964 only one American group had a number one song in the U.S. As to which group that was – the answer might surprise you – the 101 number one song of the day is next) They were three women who were discovered by the famed production and writing team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. They came across a song that was written for the Ronettes by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector. Leiber and Stoller wanted to have their new trio record the song but Phil Spector objected to the idea. No matter – they went ahead with their plan anyway and it became a huge hit – sitting atop the American charts on June 4, 1964 for the – Dixie Cups (Chapel of Love)
Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 by Mike McKay
June 3rd, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was instrumental in transforming a woman who had spent six years going nowhere while recording show tunes into rock and roll royalty.
101 number one song of the day was instrumental in transforming a woman who had spent six years going nowhere while recording show tunes into rock and roll royalty. She had been under contract to Columbia Records where lush orchestral arrangements did nothing to take her considerable talents and turn her into a star. A producer at Atlantic Records – Jerry Wexler – was sure she’d connect with the public if only she abandoned the Broadway stuff and return to her roots in gospel music. It was that kind of style and energy that would unleash her rather remarkable vocal powers and get her the respect she deserved. And as it just so happens, the late great Otis Redding had written just the right song that would complete the transformation from show tune singer to the person who would become the Queen of Soul. And so it is…the 101 number one song of the day rose to the top of the charts on June 3, 1967 for Aretha Franklin. (Respect)
Monday, June 2nd, 2014 by Mike McKay
June 2, 2014: 101 number one song of the day was a surprise hit for everyone involved but mostly for the person who sang it. In fact, after it was recorded, she never expected to hear it again.
101 number one song of the day was a surprise hit for everyone involved but mostly for the person who sang it. In fact, after it was recorded, she never expected to hear it again. It was a demo she did for music legend Quincy Jones who, at the time, had yet to achieve that vaunted status. He was a staff producer for Mercury Records who happened to hear today’s featured artist during her band’s very first paying gig. He liked what he heard and asked her to come in and lay down a couple of tracks but expectations were not very high. In fact, she was told that record companies often let these things sit on the shelf indefinitely. But as it so happened, one of the songs she recorded that day was about to be released by a rival record company and so Mercury rushed her single out to radio stations in NYC. A mere six days after she sang the song for the first time, she heard it on one of those stations and she almost drove off the road. It was then offered for wide release and it quickly climbed the charts. It arrived at the top on June 1, 1963 and became Quincy Jones first number one song. And the seventeen year old who recorded it, found herself with many more paying gigs from that time on. Here’s your 101 number one song of the day for Leslie Gore. “It’s My Party”
Friday, May 30th, 2014 by Mike McKay
May 30, 2014: 101 number one song of the day was described by its creator as “happy and sad” at the same time. What he actually said was, “the song was a happy accident, because I was so damned sad.”
101 number one song of the day was described by its creator as “happy and sad” at the same time. What he actually said was, “the song was a happy accident, because I was so damned sad.” He was singing in a small club in Alabama at the time but one night, after he had just been dumped by his girlfriend, he could not bring himself to sing his regular repertoire of Beatles and Smokey Robinson songs. So he asked his bassist Cameron Lewis and organist Arthur Wright to play something in any key. With that, he proceeded to pour his heart out in song right there on stage. The result would become a number one song and a huge payday for Lewis and Wright who were given complete writing credit by a very generous Percy Sledge. It was number one on May 30th, 1966 – “When a Man Loves a Woman”
Thursday, May 29th, 2014 by Mike McKay
May 29, 2014: The 101 Number One Song of the Day was an Oscar winning song with a title that doesn’t appear anywhere in the lyrics so they gave it a second title.
It was written and performed by a woman whose two biggest hits were title songs to movie. In the first she had a prominent role in the movie which went on to be a TV show although she did not play that part when it went to the small screen. But the movie role made her an international star. She did not have a role in the second movie but was happy to help write and perform the title song which was number one on May 29th, the 1983 and went on to win the Academy Award for the year’s best song in a movie – Flashdance – it’s Irene Cara – and the second title “oh what a feeling.”
Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 by Mike McKay
May 28, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was the first released by its band’s self titled album and it was controversial – but no one was really sure what it was about – so the question remained just who should be offended.
The 101 number one song of the day was the first released by its band’s self titled album and it was controversial – but no one was really sure what it was about – so the question remained just who should be offended. It was recorded in December 1969 at the famous studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama by a band once reviled as too scruffy and dirty for decent folk, but by the turn of the decade they became the ruling rock elite, gentlemen of leisure and members of the Jet Set. The first record released on their own label was simultaneously interpreted as a racist, sexist slur as well as referring to Mexican heroin. The vocals were somewhat scrambled following the advice of Fats Domino who once said, “You should never sing the words out very clearly.” In any event it was clearly destined to be a hit and on May 30, 1971 it was the number one song in America – for the Rolling Stones “Brown Sugar.”
Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 by Mike McKay
May 27, 2014: It was sung by a guy who quit his band to be a dentist and getting him to rejoin the group was like pulling teeth.
The 101 number one song of the day was sung by a guy who quit his band to be a dentist and getting him to rejoin the group was like pulling teeth.
The group had a few hits but he was sure they’d hang it up after a few months of moderate success. His future, he was sure, was rooted in root canal. So he left the west coast to head east and pursue that career. But then one of the songs they had recorded became a top three single so the band’s leader and creative force called him up and after some persuasion got him to quit school and rejoin the group. When he did he got to sing lead on one of their biggest hits and on May 27, 1965 it was number one in America. The convincer was Brian Wilson; the convincee was Al Jardine and here’s the 101 number one song of the day – “Help Me Rhonda”
Friday, May 23rd, 2014 by Mike McKay
The 101 number one song of the day, recorded by one Ernest Kador, Jr was certainly enjoyed by a lot of people but decidedly unpopular with one segment of American society. Which Segment? The answer is in the title.
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The 101 number one song of the day, recorded by one Ernest Kador, Jr was certainly enjoyed by a lot of people but decidedly unpopular with one segment of American society. As far as which segment…the answer is in the title. The song earned a place in rock history by the spreading the gospel piano of the New Orleans sound as championed by Allen Toussaint the song’s writer and producer. The singer was having marital problems and he felt that one person was mostly to blame and that’s why he was anxious to record the song that was number one on May 23, 1961 for the now renamed Ernie K. Doe – and the person he felt was the root of his domestic troubles: Mother in Law